Many Kansas City area residents have had to make the agonizing decision to place their loved one in a skilled nursing facility. Many times, an older or a disabled person comes to the point where they are no longer able to take care of themselves. In these situations, a nursing home can be a place where they receive the help they need. But not all nursing homes are treating their residents well and have become a place where infection control has been lacking, leading to many unexpected deaths.
With the world dealing with the current health crisis, it can be scary for those who live in a nursing home. Lately, nursing homes have been facing increased scrutiny as to how they are handling infection control in their facility. According to a survey by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 36% of nursing homes nationwide were not following handwashing guidelines and 25% were not using personal protective equipment properly. Those facilities who had poor safety compliance before the pandemic are probably still not doing a good job.
There are certain practices and procedures that nursing homes must follow in order to control infections within their facilities. Elderly and disabled patients are especially susceptible to infections and if they become infected, they can have a much worse outcome. If a family believes their loved one suffered because of their care center’s negligence they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney understands that a family wants to understand what happened to their loved one and who is at fault.
A family who has had a loved one in a care center believes that they should receive the best possible care. When a care center is negligent, they must be held accountable for their mistakes.